Explore Jefferson’s Monticello

October 12th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, October 12, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Monticello Explorer

(explorer.monticello.org/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ClickScholar suggested website provides a variety of multi-media opportunities to explore the home where Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. President) lived on a plantation in VirginiaThe home is called Monticello. At the site you can virtually explore the plantation, house, gardens and grounds.

Please note that visitors will need Adobe Shockwave to view this site. After the website loads, you’ll see a menu with five choices listed under two categories as follows: 

  • EXPLORE (Use interactive maps.)
    • Explore the Plantation – Use an interactive map to randomly explore the 5,000 acre plantation, buildings, and grounds.
    • Explore the House – Use an interactive 3-D map to navigate the hallways, rooms, and floors of Jefferson’s mansion.
  • TOUR (Take a multi-media, narrated tour.)
    • General House – This is a terrific way to see Monticello. Join a curator who narrates the video tour of the mansion, explaining the furnishings, and telling stories that bring it all to life.
    • Domestic Life At Monticello – This narrated video tour explains the history of the Jefferson family and the enslaved families (including the Hemings family) that lived on the plantation for several generations.
    • Gardens and Grounds – This audio-video tour of the grounds is punctuated with beautiful photography and interesting explanations about horticulture and the cultivation of specialized plants, as well as Jefferson’s fascination with native plants.

All along the explorations and tours, you will find related materials to further learning. There are so many clickable functions to explore the site, that you may need to be patient occasionally as various presentations are downloaded for viewing. Bookmark the site, as it will take some time to investigate this expansive historical collection of images and information about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson.

History through American Writers

October 11th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 11, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

C-SPAN – American Writers

(www.c-span.org/series/?americanWriters)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover the power of words and its influence on shaping the course of our nation with this portion of the C-SPAN website. The American Writers series ran from March 2001 through July 2002 and explored “American history through the lives and works of American writers.”

Using the drop down menu on the right of the page, visitors can select a time period from 1600 to 1975 and then a specific writer from that time period. After the selection is made, the page will load a summary about the author, a list of featured works, and information about the “Featured Place” from where the episode was presented. Select the “View Program” to open the episode. Video presentations run about 2½ hours and include actor portrayal of the writer, interviews with subject experts, political commentary, viewer call-in conversations and more. 

Some notable writers included in the series are: 

  • William Bradford
  • Thomas Paine
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Lewis and Clark
  • James Fenimore Cooper
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Mark Twain
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Upton Sinclair
  • Will Rogers
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • John Steinbeck
  • Whittaker Chambers
  • William F. Buckley
  • James Baldwin
  • And many more.

As always, please be sure to preview the available content prior to allowing your students to access this site as there may be controversial and political information presented that some may find unsuitable for their family.

Fun, Interactive Grammar Exercises

October 10th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, October 10, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammar Bytes

(www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Do you or your students think learning English grammar “bites”?  Then, check out this website developed by a college English professor with attitude. She’s irreverent and funny and has devised a way to provide meaningful grammar lessons and interactive drills and quizzes that won’t bore your kids to death.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: Terms – Detailed definitions of grammar terminology including: 

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Conjunctions
  • Dangling Modifier
  • Gerund
  • Nouns
  • Participle
  • Semicolon
  • Verbs
  • And plenty more!

When you are finished here return to the home page menu to locate: 

  • Exercises – Interactive exercises (lessons) to help students learn correct grammar usage. Topics include comma splices, fragments, irregular verbs, misplaced modifiers, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, etc.
  • Handouts – FREE handouts in PDF files that are companions to the exercises that students can do offline.
  • Videos at YouTube – A short selection of fun, entertaining videos and animations that teach grammar.

Just click on any menu item title (in black) and a new page opens where you can access the free materials.

You might want to click on the “About” section as well, where you’ll meet Professor Robin and discover her views on grammar instruction.

Free Science Lessons & Interactives!

October 9th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Young Scientist Lab

(www.youngscientistlab.com/students/digital-science-activities)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Discovery Education and 3M Corporation sponsor this website that provides free activities “to capture your curiosity and engage you in the scientific thinking process; while having fun!”

When you get to the site, choose from the 10 activities in pdf format including: 

  • Balloon Rocket
  • Disappearing Glass
  • Sandwich Bag Dartboard
  • Water Jug Race

You’ll also see a menu at the top of the homepage that includes “Teachers,”  “Students” and “Parents.” Under “Teachers,” you’ll find the content sorted by grade range (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8) that includes Lesson Plans and Interactives. You can download (pdf) complete lesson plans that teach about recycling, light, adhesives, and more. The Interactives help students discover the real-world science around them. Download animations that explain wind energy, circuitry and the history of innovations.

There is a lot of content to explore on this site including a blog and information on a contest in which your emerging scientists can participate to win prizes (closed for 2018).

Resources for Learning Math

October 8th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, October 8, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math2.org

(www.math2.org/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Math2.org offers resources for learning math. It is a member of the Web Math Collaboration (WMC), a federation of math websites with the goal of providing “freely accessible open spaces for people to collaborate on and discuss mathematical subjects, help those who have difficulties in mathematics, and provide mathematical resources to the public.”

When you get to the website you’ll see it is very clearly organized and includes: 

  • Math Reference Tables (also available in Spanish!) —  All of the most important tables and formulas you need to study math: basic arithmetic facts, trig identities, integrals and derivatives, and even Fourier transforms, all in one convenient place for you to use and review. The conic sections are simply but clearly illustrated, and the calculus even includes proofs!
  • The Math Message Board — Post your math questions in this forum and get answers on this very active board! (As with all forums, children will need adult supervision.) Browse through past questions and enjoy the lively give-and-take in this helpful math-loving community; try your hand at verifying the solutions to any that catch your interest.
  • Have A Math Question? — This section refers those with questions to either the Math Message Board (described above) or to the “Ask Dr. Math” website.
  • Links — A list of links to other websites that offer everything from general math resources and lesson plans for grades K-16 to an extensive collection of mathematical theorems and formulas.
  • Other Resources — You’ll find an English-Spanish math dictionary here! Bonus: If you would like to see what else this webpage author has created, click on “Dave Manura” at the bottom of the page.

Learn a Foreign Language with Linguanaut

October 6th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, October 6, 2018, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Linguanaut

(www.linguanaut.com/index.htm)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you are interested in learning some basic foreign language skills, then this ad-supported site might be a good place to start.

Choose from over 50 different languages from around the world and learn important words and phrases as well as alphabets. Some language lessons include verbs, adjectives, ‘survival terms’ (words and phrases used in emergencies), and other important words. Some languages available are: 

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Portuguese
  • Norwegian
  • Chinese
  • Indonesian
  • French
  • Farsi
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Korean
  • Italian
  • Hebrew
  • Polish
  • Arabic
  • And many more

Using the upper navigation bar you can also select from the following: 

  • Phrases
  • Alphabet
  • Language Tests
  • Videos
  • Virtual Keyboard
  • Find Language Tutors
  • Fun Page

Once you click on one of the above sections, you can refine your selection further by selecting from the available languages.

The virtual keyboards are “a keyboard on steroids loaded with characters to help you write” and include international keyboards for Farsi, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, and more. There are also printable language tests and videos for some language lessons.

Before leaving this site, be sure to stop by the Fun Page for some learning games such as Morse Code and Encrypt Messages.

Tour the Wilmington Railroad Museum

October 5th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, October 5, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wilmington Railroad Museum

(www.wrrm.org/gallery.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

All aboard! Take a virtual tour of the Wilmington Railroad Museum in North Carolina with this site.

On this page, visitors can watch a slideshow of the model train displays and watch an 11-minute video of the model trains in motion. Be sure to have your volume turned on to enjoy the sounds of the trains. 

Hover your mouse over the “Gallery” link in the upper menu to move to your next stop on the tour. Choose from: 

  • Model Railroads – See images of the various model train displays and operating layouts as well as a YouTube-hosted video of a trip around their largest display. (The link takes you to the YouTube site so be sure to preview for suitability prior to allowing children to visit.)
  • Modular Model Railroads – Browse the images and information about modular displays that can be displayed at other locations other than the museum.
  • Museum Displays – View pictures of other railroad related items.
  • Outdoor Rolling Stock – Check out the full-size engines and cars at the museum.
  • Steam Engine Renovation – View the slideshow of the restoration of the ACL Steam Engine #250 as well as the Eagle Scout Chris Taurasi and his troop’s contributions to the project.
  • Museum Move – 2007 – Through pictures, watch what it took to move the museum contents to its new location.

Your tour continues by selecting the “History” link in the upper menu. Discover historical photographs of the Wilmington Railroad, learn about the architect of the 1887 ACL Building and read about the Legend of Joe Baldwin as well as early newspaper articles concerning railroad business. 


For the final stop on your tour, click the “Links” option to find other railroad websites.

History Lesson Plans

October 4th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, October 4, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NPS – Teaching with Museum Collections

(www.nps.gov/museum/tmc/tmc_park.html#browse)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Find over 60 well laid out history lesson plans themed around specific national parks at this website from the National Park Service.

Visitors can browse through the available lesson plans using three search criteria: By Park, By Skill, or By Theme. Lesson plans follow the same pattern of presentation: 

  • Title – includes information about the plan developer, suggested grade level, number of sessions and suggested length of time to implement
  • Overview – which park collection is used, a plan description, and any essential questions the plan tries to address
  • Museum Collections, Similar Items and other Materials Used – a chart with images and/or links to related museum objects
  • National Educational Standards – applicable national standards met
  • Student Learning Objectives – objectives for each lesson or activity in the plan
  • Background and Historical Context – “the topic of the lesson unit plan” in “historical context for teachers and students”
  • Vocabulary – appropriate word lists and definitions
  • Teacher Tips – suggested materials and resources needed 
  • Lesson Implementation Procedures – instruction for implementation of the plan as well as warm up and discussion suggestions
  • Evaluation/Assessment for Measurable Results – ideas for measuring understanding of the material
  • Extension and Enrichment Activities – suggestions for building on the lessons
  • Resources – resources used in the development of the lesson plan
  • Site Visit – places to visit related to the topic
  • Charts, Figures and other Teacher Materials – any related materials used in the plan

Plans feature over 20 National Parks and focus on a variety of themes including American Indian History, Art/Music, Fashion/Design, Family Life, Politics and Government, Labor History, U.S. Presidents, Women’s History, War and Conflict, and much more.

We are sure visitors will find these lesson plans a valuable history resource.

Fun Grammar Lessons, Videos, & Activities

October 3rd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Grammaropolis

(www.grammaropolis.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 to adult; children with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website provides really entertaining videos, e-books, and interactive games designed to help kids learn the parts of speech and grammarYou have to pay to access all of the programs on the site BUT there is plenty of free content that your children will enjoy as well.


When you get to the site, you’ll see a video with explanations about the program, followed by a menu where you can explore samples of the books, videos, quizzes, and games that are included in the “Grammaropolis” program.

The easiest way to explore the free grammar content is to use the horizontal menu buttons at the top of the home page. Place your cursor over each button to see what topic it covers including:

  • Nouns – Learn about common nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, and abstract, compound, and collective nouns.
  • Verbs – Discover action verbs along with transitive, intransitive, and linking verbs.
  • Adjectives – Find out about possessive, demonstrative, interrogative, comparative, and superlative adjectives. Learn about articles, too!
  • Adverbs – Explore adverbs, adverb clauses, and comparative and superlative adverbs.
  • Pronouns – Learn about subjective and objective personal pronouns.  Study possessive, interrogative, demonstrative, indefinite, intensive, reflexive, and relative pronouns.
  • Conjunctions  – Find out how conjunctions join words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence. Learn about coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions.
  • Learn how to identify and use prepositions and interjections, too!

Click on any topic and a new screen opens where you can take an animated mini-tutorial. Just click on the arrows to scroll to each new page. Scroll down below the invitation to “join today” to choose from free: 

  • Books
  • Videos
  • Quizzes
  • Games
  • Apps

This multimedia resource developed by a classroom teacher is appealing to a variety of learning styles. The free content here is a great way to introduce parts of speech or review them.

Popcorn Science and More!

October 2nd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, October 2, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Popcorn.org

(www.popcorn.org/Learn/For-Teachers/Teaching-Tools1)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

October is National Popcorn Month and at Popcorn.org you will find all kinds of lessons and activities themed around popcorn to help you celebrate.

When you get to the site you will see the list of Lesson Plans written for the classroom; but they can be tweaked for homeschooling as well. The ones related to science include: 

  • Agricultural Sciences – how new plants are made, how seeds come through the soil, seed germination tests, and more
  • Agriculture Science Projects – projects using chemistry, botany, environmental sciences and microbiology
  • Health Sciences/Nutrition – popcorn in the food pyramid
  • Science – growing popcorn, the effect of moisture on popcorn, popcorn color comparison, and more

Be sure to check out the popcorn worksheets, coloring sheets and activities listed on the left sidebar menu for kids. There’s also a list of popcorn-related books.

This site is sure to whet the kids’ appetites for popcorn – so make sure you have some in the house before you visit the site!

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